the urban scientist


Chaos Mages

These kind of sorcerers are the last followers of a postmodern system of magick that emerged during the late 20th century in England. They are able to alter probabilities and change slightly the physical laws to shape realitiy to their will. They are usually urban erudites, philosophers, scientists or anthropologists that love the motion and confusion of large metropolis.


Not sure if you guys would be interested in the non-entomological details of my personal life but I love to sing and I tried out for the previous season of American Idol

This week last year, I was waiting to see myself on one of the most highly viewed shows on national TV (or at least it was in it’s glory days anyway). I wish I could say I was excited but it was sort of an ordeal =\  The way the whole audition had played out had me feeling more than a bit insecure.  Everyone saw Harry Connick Jr hassle me over my word choice but AI didn’t air feedback from the other judges. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urbane told me that I had a “great voice” but with a gesture to all of me at once, J-Lo followed that up by explaining to me that I just didn’t “look” like an American Idol. It sent me home looking for something to change. It took me a while, but I think I finally figured out what.

South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration by Marcia Chatelain

In South Side Girls Marcia Chatelain recasts Chicago’s Great Migration through the lens of black girls. Focusing on the years between 1910 and 1940, when Chicago’s black population quintupled, Chatelain describes how Chicago’s black social scientists, urban reformers, journalists and activists formulated a vulnerable image of urban black girlhood that needed protecting. She argues that the construction and meaning of black girlhood shifted in response to major economic, social, and cultural changes and crises, and that it reflected parents’ and community leaders’ anxieties about urbanization and its meaning for racial progress. Girls shouldered much of the burden of black aspiration, as adults often scrutinized their choices and behavior, and their well-being symbolized the community’s moral health.  [book link]


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